During Ramadan there were a handful of duas I consistently made. One of those duas was for my husband and I to perform Hajj this year and to make my heart as content as possible with leaving my little children behind to do so. Alhumdulilah that dua has been granted! Inshallah we will be leaving for Hajj in just one week!
Preparing for Hajj takes time and when you have three kids ages five and under that you will be leaving behind it takes a lil more planning to ensure the children are as comfortable as possible in your absence.
Organization is the key to making things run as smooth as possible while you are away.
I’ll be sharing all of my prep work, tips, and ideas for mothers who hope to do Hajj in the future inshallah.
I started all of my preparations about a month ago. Initially I was overwhelmed by the amount of things I needed to do. Writing down a checklist made things easier.
*Hajj Preparation Checklist*
- Prepare Will, get notarized
- Make copies of passports
- Shop for items needed
- Call family and friends, post Facebook status
- Pay all debts
- Attend local Hajj prep lectures
- Listen to lectures and read up on the rites of Hajj
- Buy books: “Hajj & Umrah Made Easy” and “Hajj A-Z” to take along
- Make dua list, include duas that people have requested for you to make
- Start making a mental shift in order to expect anything at Hajj and to be patient during those times
- Write up a letter stating parents have the authority to make decisions regarding my children on my behalf while I am away, get it notarized.
- Notify teacher
- Setup phone meeting with teacher
- Inform teacher of parents and sister in laws contact information
- Make a go to list of breakfast and lunch ideas
- Get teacher’s personal phone number
- Create “While we’re away” tab in home management binder
- Detail clean house
- Notify Leasing office
- Stock groceries, diapers, etc.
- Find Housekeeper to come clean a few times
- Leave money for expenses
- Make calendar of Isra’s school schedule and activities to do with kids
- Plan a lesson about Hajj for kids, do lesson plan prior to leaving
- Buy kids Eid clothes
- Decorate home
- Pack gifts for kids, parents and sister in law
- Leave note reminding them to buy kids Eid balloons
- Make sure to think of things that would make parents and sister in law’s two week stay as comfortable as possible.
- Talk to friends that have gone to Hajj to get additional tips
So far the checklist has been helpful in keeping me on task. Still have plenty to do. More posts to come on how to ensure your home runs smoothly while you’re away for Hajj.